Draymond Green a 'coach's dream'

July 13, 2012, 4:47 pm
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LAS VEGAS -- Sometimes you hear someone say something during an interview and it just makes your ears perk up. When that happens, you just pass the quote along.Heres what Warriors assistant coach Pete Myers said about Draymond Green, whom the Warriors selected with the No. 35 pick in the June draft:Im not a psychic, but I actually see him getting minutes this coming year, Myers said. I dont see many players come into the league with his skill level. He can play the four, he can play the three, he can pass, he can guard.Hes a coachs dream, honestly. Hes got confidence on the floor, he makes teammates better, he can rebound the ball. I see him fighting for minutes. Hes going to be tough.Its no secret that the Warriors are trying to acquire more frontcourt help, and perhaps more specifically, a backup power forward to David Lee. But maybe youve got to throw Green into that mix behind Lee.RELATED: Warriors roster
Green is considered a tweener a little too small to be an NBA power forward and not quite quick enough to deal with the athletic small forwards. Conventional wisdom would suggest that Harrison Barnes, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and perhaps even Dominic McGuire, assuming hes re-signed, are all ahead of Green in the pecking order.Green couldnt care less.None of those things come into any part of my brain, Green said after the Warriors wrapped up another summer-league practice on Thursday. Thats not my job to worry about. My job is to come in and make those guys better. Thats what Im willing to do come in and compete. Im not going to worry about whos on our roster and whos in front of me. Im just going to compete every day. Even if I was ahead of them Id compete.If theres one thing about Green that has impressed the coaching staff, its his basketball IQ. Green knows how to play the game, understands nuance and seems to have a feel for the big picture.Hes one of those players you only have to tell something to once and then he gets it.Of course, a lot of that comes with playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State, but Green said it started long before he became a Spartan.

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